Past Visits

The purpose of the Gwinnett Chamber’s Strategic Leadership Visit is to take a select group of both Gwinnett’s and the region’s leaders in government, business and education to other metro counties and regions to explore innovative ideas and programs which have helped to build partnerships to impact positive community change. This also fulfills an important ongoing objective of the community’s Partnership Gwinnett long-term economic and community development strategy.

Previous visits to Nashville, Miami and Boston have exposed participants to a wide range of ideas and practices for economic and community development. Equally important, the visits have created new networks among business and civic leaders in Gwinnett and metro Atlanta – connections vital for implementing lessons learned upon return to Georgia.

2008: Research Triangle in NC

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2008: Research Triangle in NC

Imagine Georgia’s Innovation Crescent stretching from Atlanta to Athens (with Gwinnett at its heart) being mentioned in the same breath as the renowned Research Triangle among global site consultants. Imagine a regional Outer Loop that would cut commute times in half and dramatically reduce clogged traffic on I-285. Imagine once blighted or abandoned neighborhoods in southern Gwinnett becoming some of the Atlanta region’s hottest new live, work, play communities that become the hub for our region’s “creative class” and where the tax base in...

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2007: Collin County, TX & the Telecom Corridor

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2007: Collin County, TX & the Telecom Corridor

Imagine commuting from Gwinnett to downtown Atlanta during Friday morning rush hour in only 30 minutes. Imagine Gwinnett as the home of a 22,000 – seat soccer stadium surrounded by soccer fields that would annually draw more visitors than most major league football teams do during a season. Imagine a minor league baseball stadium that caters specifically to family-friendly communities like Gwinnett. Imagine Gwinnett as ground zero for a biotech corridor that becomes internationally known for its density of life science and technology...

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2006: Fairfax County, VA

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2006: Fairfax County, VA

OPPORTUNITIES: Why Fairfax County? For years, Fairfax has topped the list of national and international rankings as one of the best places to live work and play in the nation. They enjoy a school system that has the highest graduation rate in the nation. Their economic development agency has offices in five countries, more than many states. The per capita income in Fairfax County is $58,266—one of the highest in the U.S. In comparison, Gwinnett’s average is $30,570. Ninety-two percent of residents age 25 and older are high school graduates...

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